Senior Intake Clinician


  • Full time Fixed-Term 6-month contract (Monday-Friday) - RPN4
  • Based at The Paul Mullen Centre - Community Forensic Mental Health Service.
  • Diverse and supportive environments

A career in the forensic mental health sector is diverse, challenging and rewarding. A career at Forensicare will be like no other. If you're passionate about supporting people in their mental health recovery, Forensicare is where you need to be. You will be a part of a caring and supportive team, making a real difference to people living with the dual stigma of mental illness and offending. We approach our work with curiosity and a commitment to understanding the unique needs of our consumers and carers. Working across community, hospital and prison settings, you can learn, apply your specialist skills and advance in your profession. Together, we can contribute to a more connected, compassionate mental health and criminal justice system.

About the organisation

Forensicare is the statutory agency responsible for the provision of adult forensic mental health services across Victoria.

This position is located at the Community Forensic Mental Health Service (CFMHS) in Clifton Hill, 15 minutes from Melbourne's city centre. CFMHS is a specialist state-wide agency that works with individuals who have a serious mental health illness and have offended or are at risk of offending.

About the role

The Community Intake service provides a centralised point of contact for referrals to the wide range of Forensicare's community programs. The Senior Intake Clinician demonstrates a high level of clinical expertise and works closely with program managers in assessing and prioritising referrals in accordance with program criteria using an established matrix of risk, need and urgency. The intake position is autonomous and has carriage of complex referrals providing advice and support to referring services in the management of range of clients referred to Forensicare community services.


  • Work within an ethically and legally sound framework.
  • Demonstrates initiative in the delivery of Intake in line with best practice models, legislative requirements, government policy and Forensicare policies and procedures.
  • Receives all Intake calls and ensures callers / referrers receive a response appropriate to their needs and situation
  • Presents succinct intake information at the weekly Intake meeting regarding more complex referrals, requiring a team based discussion.
  • Facilitates referrals to other agencies where appropriate and the provision of secondary consultations.
  • Document the process and outcomes of all referrals as appropriate in the health record.
  • Develops links with and maintains relationships with relevant government and non-government organisations
  • Commitment to ongoing education and professional development through accessing internal and external staff development opportunities.

About you

  • Discipline specific qualifications Registered Psychiatric Nurse as outlined below: Nursing: Registered Psychiatric Nurse. Must have current unrestricted registration with AHPRA and a post-graduate qualification in mental health nursing or equivalent.
  • At least five years' experience in providing a high level of services in forensic and/or correctional mental health and related settings (preferred).
  • Demonstrated commitment to mental health consumer recovery.
  • Knowledge of current mental health approaches to, and experience in, working with mentally disordered people in forensic mental health settings.
  • A sound knowledge of relevant legislation and service context including the Mental Health Act 2014, Sentencing Act 1991, Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 and the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake comprehensive mental health and risk assessments for the purposes of evaluating service suitability. 

Qualifications and experience

  • Postgraduate qualification in Mental Health Nursing or equivalent.
  • Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency (AHPRA).
  • The successful candidate will be required to register their qualifications on eCredential

This position is subject to a Police Check.

A culture where people matter

  • Excellent supervision and investment in the skill development of managers and supervisors.
  • Celebration and reward for good performance, through employee recognition.
  • A leading, multi-faceted approach to safety, with unparalleled strategic, practical, individualised and team-based supports to minimise risks and fear and maximise safety and security, underpinned by our workplace health and safety strategy.
  • Access to an employee assistance program – an external, confidential, self-referral employee wellbeing program, for personal or work-related matters.
  • A mental health and wellbeing program providing psychological support, peer support and critical incidence response programs, as needed.

For more information on employee benefits visit their website.

Please note

Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of three COVID-19 Vaccination prior to commencing work at Forensicare. Under the Victorian Public Health orders, all employees working within the Public Health system must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Current Forensicare employees should apply through eRecruit using an account which is linked to their Forensicare email address and should contact People and Culture if they are unable to access their Forensicare eRecruit account.

Forensicare is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and developing a diverse workforce which reflects the community we serve. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people who identify as LGBTQI, people with a lived experience of disability, as well as people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Forensicare promotes our guiding principles of curiosity, purpose, strong ethics, compassion and fairness; and promotes behaviours that are consistent with these values at all times. Forensicare is an equal opportunity employer and offers a smoke free environment.

Close date: 28 November 2022

Point of contact: 

Lauren Ducat
(03) 9947 2500

Anthea Lemphers
(03) 9947 2500


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